It’s the last minute scramble before Thanksgiving. You’ve most likely planned your meals, your outfits and cleaned the house, but you haven’t thought about your table? Or maybe you have and you have no clue what to do and don’t have time for another stop. Well good news, you most likely have everything you need or you still have to go to the grocery store which has tons options, yes the grocery store. Hang in there with us…
Thanksgiving, the original meaning, was about everyone coming together and bringing a variety of food. Today, it’s still about that-ish but mainly the food. So what better way to decorate your table than with food. Most of the items are super cheap and you’ll most likely be cooking with, so get a little extra and cook it up later. Like cranberries (I always buy extra and freeze because they are hard to find after the season), brussels, squash (all the kinds), apples, oranges, lemons, herbs…you get the idea. Also grab some fresh flowers and nuts!
I spent less than $25 on this tablescape! I added some vases and bowls that I had in other areas of my house. I’ll just add plates with a cloth napkin folded with a sprig of rosemary on top. Once you add your lovingly prepared food to the table, you’re set! If you plan to use paper plates, you can still add your napkin with a sprig of herb to add that touch, if you want it. If not, buffet style it is. Which is much easier, in our opinion 🙂
If you have a bowl or tray, even an extra serving platter fill it up with colorful fruits, veggies and herbs. Aldi’s had pomegranates for super cheap as well as cranberries. Each were a $1! I had some extra apples on hand and acorn squash. I used leftover sage and rosemary then added some fresh flowers I bought at Trader Joes when I was there grabbing some ingredients for meals.
Add a vase to the platter or candles sticks/candles to give it an even more dramatic and elegant look. I had a pitcher that I added flower and sage to give the decor some height. And how beautiful are these sunflowers. My grandmother’s favorite flower was sunflower, so this gives a touch to remember her during these holidays.
I used a wood block (I bought this last year at Hobby Lobby and it has come in handy so many times), added some flameless candles, and some fresh herbs with cranberries to give it some color. I had some faux eucalyptus (again another purchase I’ve used over and over again) or you could use real as it’s a good price this time of year, then topped it with apples and flowers. I added a touch of gold with this squirrel tail bell to give a little more texture.
Fun fact, this white bowl is a serving bowl. The flowers are actually in a mason jar that I placed in the serving bowl 🙂 I added some fresh rosemary to fill in some spots and to keep the theme of food. Too keep the food going, I added nuts as a decor item (and a snack). Mixed nuts are a staple this time of year in our house. Well we actually always eat nuts, but especially this time of year. I usually fill the bowl with whole nuts and keep the nutcrackers next to it. My mother in-law bought us this glass pumpkin and we’ve used it every year (except last year, thanks Dana for breaking the lid ha). You could even add a cheese board to continue the food theme. Again, I added some gold for texture.
You can use each of these together or separate. They will work in other areas of your house like a bar area or where you have apps or deserts. Biggest piece to remember, is you can use what you have or grab some extra items while you’re buying ingredients at the store. You can even use your left over ingredients! Take other items around the house and repurpose. Most of all, try not to stress and worry!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!